Private landowners own and manage roughly 60% of the land area of the United States. These private lands sustain native wildlife populations while also benefiting landowners and society. In the western United States, private lands are especially important for the conservation of oak habitats. These habitats have suffered heavy losses and most remaining oak habitats—those not converted for human use or harmed by encroaching vegetation as a result of fire suppression— occur on private lands. An exciting opportunity exists for landowners and conservation partners to work together to restore native oak systems and their diverse wildlife communities.
This landowner guide describes how to apply conservation practices for Oregon white oak and California black oak habitats on private lands in southern Oregon and northern California. The document first discusses the importance and history of oak habitats and then provides detailed conservation guidelines for oak habitat restoration. Also, the guide includes supplemental resources for the restoration- minded private landowner, including a list of organizations that will assist with private lands restoration as well as step-by-step instructions for monitoring birds on your land to track the return of wildlife following oak restoration activities.